The curated, experiential exhibition series titled ‘Art in Resonance’ features new commissions that will alter perception and amplify the senses
Hong Kong’s Grande Dame expands her Cultural Footprint
Contemporary art will take centre stage at The Peninsula Hotels from 26 March 2019, with the launch of a multi-year global campaign titled ‘Art in Resonance.’ Featuring newly commissioned, immersive installations by mid-career contemporary artists, The Peninsula Hotels, official hotel partner of Art Basel Hong Kong (29-31 March 2019), promises to provide inspiring new experiences for visitors, while helping to shine a spotlight on the culturally-rich city of Hong Kong, The Peninsula’s home.
“As a global luxury hotel brand with a 90-year legacy, we understand the important place that art holds for humanity – it’s an inclusive, universal language that crosses borders and builds connections,” says Peter Borer, Chief Operating Officer, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, owner and operator of The Peninsula Hotels. In a continuation of the group’s ethos of innovation, The Peninsula Hotels has worked alongside respected curators, Isolde Brielmaier and Bettina Prentice, to seek out artists who are poetically pushing the boundaries of their mediums and engaging the senses in works that will inspire and enchant visitors.
“We not only want to provide artists with a platform to exhibit, but we want to commission original pieces to support working artists and ensure the health of the cultural ecosystem within each of the hotel’s local communities,” continued Mr Borer. “To that end, we will also have robust programming around ‘Art in Resonance’ at each hotel that includes artist talks, studio visits and panel discussions with leading artists, creatives and thinkers.”
Visitors can expect new works by Janet Echelman, Iván Navarro, Timothy Paul Myers, and the Chinese architecture collective MINAX. “Isolde and I supported The Peninsula Hotels with their desire to specifically seek out art that requires the visitor to be present – physically and emotionally – in order to fully experience and commune with the work. From the beginning, we have had the support of The Peninsula Hotels’ leadership to create a cohesive programme that is multi-generational, cross-cultural and innovative,” said Bettina Prentice, who is based in New York.
A selection of pieces from the Hong Kong launch, which runs until 21 June, will travel to The Peninsula Paris in the autumn of 2019, where they will be joined by additional, newly commissioned installations from local artists. This spring and autumn cadence will in turn be replicated each year, as the programme travels and grows between the ten locations of The Peninsula Hotels and three under development in London, Istanbul and Yangon.
Commitment to Contemporary Arts
Since its founding, The Peninsula Hotels has been committed to promoting the rich and vibrant cultural aspects of the destination cities in which it resides – hosting local artists as part of its ‘Artist in Residence’ programme; which is designed to support emerging artists, while also providing guests access to culturally-representative pieces. ‘Art in Resonance’ references the programme and reflects a deeper commitment from The Peninsula Hotels to engage with the artistic sphere, not only as a venue but as an originator and innovator of culture.
“Our great hope is that this multi-year programme will engage guests and the local public in a way that will bring a smile to everyone’s face,” said Mr Borer, reflecting on the luxury hotel group’s innate passion for the arts. “I look forward to having our visitors to The Peninsula Hotels share in the joy these artworks will bring.”